October 21, 2013

Tempermental?! Why you Sonuva...

I find this to be pretty amusing, utterly stereotypical and not at all surprising


This is from a study recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

From the study:

a substantial body of research suggests that activities in each of these domains are typically influenced by psychological variables, raising the possibility that psychological forces might be the mediating or causal factors responsible for regional variation in key indicators.

So I have lived in New England my whole life. Tell me, oh Wise Learned Ones, what does it mean to be "tempermental and inquisitive"?

The psychological profile of the region is defined by low Extraversion, very low Agreeableness and Conscientiousness, very high Neuroticism, and moderately high Openness. This particular configuration of traits depicts the type of person who is reserved, aloof, impulsive, irritable, and inquisitive. There are disproportionate numbers of older adults and women in this region, in addition to affluent and college-educated individuals.


Overall, it appears that this psychological region is a place where residents are passionate, competitive, and liberal.

They didn't say it in the study, but we also like our drink. Which may or may not play into the Tempermental part a little...


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